Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Parlimentary panel slams govt for non-implementation of OROP in Armed forces
Taking the government to task on the issue of implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for the personnel retiring from the Armed forces, a parliamentary panel today asked the Centre to work out an amicable solution "within stringent timeframe at the earliest".
The Standing Committee on Defence,in its report submitted in the both Houses of Parliament, regretted that even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a commitment and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had provided Rs 1,000 crore in the General Budget, the OROP has not been implemented.
"It is beyond the understanding of the Committee as to what reasons are preventing the government from making necessary decisions and arriving at a solution," the Committee wondered, adding that it was utmost important that requisite modalities were sorted out and an amicable solution brought with regard to OROP within stringent timeframe at the earliest.
The Committee asked the government to apprise it about the progress made in this regard.
RELATED & LEST ONE FORGETS, PLEASE !!!
SC asks Centre to fulfil one rank, one pension promise
The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to implement its six-year-old verdict to follow the one rank, one pension (OROP) principle for retired armed forces personnel, reminding the BJP government that it had promised to do so in the run-up to last year’s Lok Sabha elections.
A bench of justices TS Thakur and AK Goel warned the government of contempt if it failed to abide by its order within three months. [i.e. 18 May 2015]
“We make it clear that no further time will be granted for the purpose of implementation of the judgment,” the bench told additional solicitor general Pinky Anand who assured the bench that modalities would be worked out till then.
“This was part of your manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. You must keep your word,” justice Thakur reminded Anand while hearing a contempt petition filed by retired Major General SPS Vains who dragged the defence ministry to court demanding the OROP scheme.
Armed forces personnel holding the same rank will get the same pension, regardless of the last drawn pay, years of service and the years served in a particular rank, under the OROP scheme.
Vains’s counsel, senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, said the government wasn’t doing charity since there was a court order in his clients’ favour.
“We have a judgment. It has been six years and we are still waiting,” Gupta told the court.
He later told HT, “Before this judgment came, there was disparity among retired armed forces personnel receiving pensionary benefits that were calculated as per their pay-scale. So a Major General, who retired before 1996 when the Fifth Pay Commission was introduced, drew pension lower than not just a similarly ranked officer who retired post-1996 but also a Brigadier, Colonel and a Lieutenant Colonel.
The 2008 judgment brought everyone at par as the verdict said there should be no classification due to the date of retirement.”
Successive governments in the past have opposed OROP on the grounds that it would not be financially feasible.
However, the Modi government has promised to implement the policy that will benefit around 25 lakh ex-servicemen. OROP for the armed forces is likely to be part of the Union budget and could be implemented soon.
A TWEET FROM SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR,MP.
Defence Min @manoharparrikar has assured me tht #OROP is being processed & will be announced shortly! #ServingOurNation #IndianArmedForces
Wonder what new obfuscations and ABCD Mantras will come forth from Shri Manohar Parrikar this time around ?
The Defence Consultative Committee of Parliament, headed by Maj Gen BC Khanduri (retd), holds the mirror to the MoD and we have the Defence Minister telling an ESM delegation from Kochi about the; need for a second approval from Parliament; !!!
The same 'Mumbo-jumbo' to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP
Shame on the NaMo Sarkar. No doubts about that.
INCREDIBLE INDIA !!